Although the production cost of jute has increased, the price has not increased

70 thousand jute farmers of Rangpur region are disappointed

Jute grower Khaybar Ali at Barabari Hat in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

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Jute grower Khaybar Ali at Barabari Hat in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

Jute grower Khaybar Ali (52) is frustrated and speechless. Hand on his head when he came to sell the produced jute at the market. He hoped to be able to sell jute at a higher price this year than last year. But, left the rule.

Khaybar Ali had to sell jute at a lower price than last year. Last year he sold jute at Tk 3,000 to Tk 3,300 per maund. This year jute has to be sold at the price of 2 thousand 600 taka to 2 thousand 900 taka.

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Khybar Ali, a farmer of Barabari village of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila, has lost interest in jute cultivation. Like him, other jute farmers are also disappointed.

Khaybar Ali told The Daily Star that this time he got 17 maunds by cultivating jute on 3 bigha land. 46 thousand rupees have been spent. Last year he got 19 maunds of jute from 3 bigha land and spent 40 thousand rupees.

Farmers have come to sell jute at Barabari market in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

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Farmers have come to sell jute at Barabari market in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

This year the cost of production has increased due to the increase in oil, fertiliser, pesticide prices and labor wages. He said, ‘We are suffering from jute cultivation. I have lost interest in jute cultivation in the future.’

Farmer Delwar Hossain (60) of Gokunda village of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila told Daily Star that last year he cultivated jute on 8 bigha of land. This year cultivated in 5 bigha land. He said, ‘I can’t make a profit. I thought I could sell up to 4 thousand rupees per maund of jute this year. It has to be sold for less than 3 thousand rupees.

This year, 29 maunds of jute have been produced from 5 bigha of land this year. The production cost is 76 thousand rupees,’ he added.

Sources of Agriculture Department said that 70 thousand farmers cultivated jute in 51 thousand 627 hectares of land in 5 districts of Rangpur region – Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rangpur, Nilphamari and Gaibandha. Last year jute cultivation was done on 56 thousand 412 hectares of land.

This year, 4 thousand 85 hectares of land has been cultivated in Lalmonirhat, 16 thousand 577 hectares in Kurigram, 6 thousand 710 hectares in Nilphamari, 15 thousand hectares in Gaibandha and 9 thousand 255 hectares in Rangpur.

The production target of jute this year is 1 lakh 13 thousand 580 metric tons. 6 to 7 maunds of jute have been produced per bigha of land.

Farmer Mujibur Rahman (65) of Kodalkati village in Rajibpur upazila of Kurigram told Daily Star, ‘This year I got 5-6 maunds of jute per bigha of land. Some farmers got 3-4 marks.’

“Compared to last year, the production cost of jute per bigha land has increased by 2-3 thousand rupees. 13-16 thousand rupees have been spent on jute production per bigha land.

Barabari market of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila does not sell jute. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

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Barabari market of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila does not sell jute. 7 September 2022. Photo: S Dilip Roy/Star

“Last year we cultivated jute in 10 bighas, but this year we cultivated in 6 bighas,” he added. According to him, ‘I have not been able to make profit from jute cultivation for the past few years. If the price of jute per maund is from 3,600 taka to 4,000 taka, there will be profit in jute cultivation.

Farmer Safiar Rahman (56) of Jadurchar village of Roumari upazila of Kurigram told Daily Star, “Though the cost of jute production has increased, there is a loss in jute cultivation without increasing the price of jute.” I got 17 maunds of jute from 4 bigha land. I sold jute for 47 thousand 600 taka at the rate of 2 thousand 800 taka per maund.

He also said, ’56 thousand rupees have been spent to grow jute on 4 bigha land. This year I have lost 9 thousand taka by cultivating jute.’

Noor Islam, a jute trader at Barabari market in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila, told Daily Star, ‘We are buying jute from farmers at the rate of Tk 2,600 to Tk 2,900 per maund according to the quality of the fiber. I am selling to jute moneylenders at a profit of 80-100 taka per maund.

“We also thought that the price of jute will increase this year. But, it did not increase. On the contrary, it has decreased compared to last year.’

He further said, ‘Farmers are very disappointed when they sell jute at low prices. They don’t have a smile on their face.’

Ranjit Saha, a jute financier in Kurigram, told Daily Star, ‘The jute companies have not yet started buying jute. Buying jute from farmers and retailers and storing it in warehouses. I don’t know how much the jute company will buy jute.’

He commented that farmers and traders would have benefited if the price of jute had been fixed by the government.

Hamidur Rahman, Deputy Director of Lalmonirhat Agricultural Extension Department, told Daily Star, “Farmers are disappointed because the price of jute is lower than last year. Farmers have to spend more on jute production this year due to increase in oil, fertiliser, pesticides and labor wages.

He also said, ‘Because the farmers are not profitable in jute cultivation, jute cultivation is decreasing every year. Farmers claim that if the price of jute was fixed by the government, they could be sure about jute cultivation.

The article is in Bengali

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